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EZ Trip Supports U.S. Soldiers and Their Families

“We here at EZ Energy understand that for those military families who have loved ones deployed in the theater of war, supporting their soldier(s) is the most important thing in their lives…and that support is constant – 24/7,” says EZ Energy spokesperson. Convenience retailer EZ Energy USA Inc. has teamed up with Support U.S. Armed

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Considerations for Selling a Distressed Business

By Domenic Rinaldi, Chicagoland Sunbelt. In a perfect world, businesses would only be sold when they are healthy and attractive to buyers. Unfortunately, this is not always the case, and trying to market a business as an appealing acquisition while the business is in decline can be difficult. However, it’s not impossible. Here are some

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BP’s ampm Spices-Up Burrito Line

New veggie-friendly option and southwest chicken flavor to entice customers. Convenience store chain ampm has introduced a new flavor to its burrito selection. The new Veggie Adobo Burrito is now available at participating ampm locations. “Our Veggie Adobo Burrito is a food first for ampm and it’s something we’re thrilled to be able to offer

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Sheetz Kicks Off Family Charities Fundraiser

“Including the proceeds from our golf event, we anticipate that we will raise more than $400,000 for charity in 2011,” says Sheetz CEO. Sheetz welcomed guests to its annual fundraising effort for the Sheetz Family Charities, yesterday, June 13, benefitting the company’s Christmas program for needy children who are identified with the help of the

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Fuel Rewards Luring Customers

With gas prices rising, loyalty programs are rewarding customers with steep discounts. By Erin Rigik, Associate Editor. With fuel prices approaching record highs in May, customers were thinking carefully about where they stop for gas and are paying more attention to rewards programs that offer cents-off fuel gallons purchased. Convenience store chains are responding with

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Mountain Mudd Expands in New Jersey

Drive-thru kiosks and mobile carts offering more than 200 hot and cold beverages, enter Morris County, N.J. Mountain Mudd Espresso drive-thru specialty coffee, a brand of CHS, is expanding into Morris County, N.J., through a strategic partnership with C Baggio Beverages that calls for 24 stores by 2016. The first Mountain Mudd location in Morris

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Rutter’s Fayetteville Store Opens

“This store represents all the things we’ve been working on through the years,” says Rutter’s CEO. Rutter’s Farm Stores celebrated the grand opening of its newest store Tuesday, May 10, in Fayetteville, Pa., at U.S. 30 and Pa. 997, Public Opinion News reported. Rutter’s President and CEO Scott Hartman kicked off the festivities by cutting

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United Supermarkets Introduces United Express

Fresh foods, traditional c-store offerings available at new smaller format store. United Supermarkets has entered the convenience market, introducing its first United Express standalone convenience store location this week in Lubbock, Texas,  Chain Store Age reported. The new United Express offers six fuel pumps, fresh foods and traditional c-store items. “Our goal with United Express

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Quick Chek Selects Reflexis Workforce Management

Reflexis to increase efficiency and improve accuracy in Quick Chek’s payroll and other workforce management processes. Quick Chek, a convenience store chain in the New York Metro market, has selected Reflexis workforce management solutions. Quick Chek selected Reflexis over its competition in the workforce management software market after detailed product demonstrations and discussions with other

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Getty Realty Corp. Acquires 66 Shell Branded Properties

“We expect the acquisition to be immediately accretive to annual earnings and the acquisition is consistent with our strategy to grow and diversify our tenant base,” says Getty Realty CEO. Getty Realty Corp. has acquired 66 Shell-branded gasoline station and convenience store properties located in and around the Greater Boston and southern New Hampshire area

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Maverik Plans Monticello Location

New 24-hour location is set to offer an expanded deli and fresh baked goods section. Maverik Inc is planning to build a new 4,500 square foot c-store this spring in Monticello, Utah. Construction should be completed in late summer or early fall, the San Juan Record reported. The new 24 hour store is planned for

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Looking Good in the Neighborhood

A clean, consistent, upscale image and outstanding service isn’t enough to distinguish your brand anymore—it’s the bare minimum to stay competitive. By Jim Callahan. It’s February and I’m not quite sure about the official name for this dismal season, but this much is certain: I prefer the dog days of summer. This winter has seen

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Scoring Sales with Superior Sanitation

While a tidy restroom is crucial, c-store cleanliness starts with a well-kept forecourt, a quality store design and a dedicated staff that understands your expectations. by, Erin Rigik, associate editor Think your c-store and restrooms are clean enough? You might want to triple check your sanitation standards, especially if your chain is pushing foodservice. According

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Irving Oil Welcomes New Retailer To Its Team

“We are pleased to partner with family-owned businesses as we grow the Irving brand across Rhode Island and New England,” said Irving Oil spokesperson. An Irving filling station located at 1325 Wampanoag Trail in Riverside, R.I.,  has a new owner: Peter Vaserman, who recently renovated the location and plans to make additional upgrades in the

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NOCO Express Benefits From Xenergy Promotion

The New York retailer reports more than a 50% increase in Xenergy sales during 2010 promotion. NOCO Express, a convenience store chain with 34 locations in New York, and XYIENCE ended 2010 on a successful note: a 58% increase in sales for Xenergy, XYIENCE’s sugar and calorie-free energy drink brand. The sales spike resulted from

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Study: Dirty Store Repels Shoppers

Some 99% of U.S. adults say poor cleanliness negatively impacts their perception of a retail store. A recent Cintas Corp. telephone survey conducted by Harris Interactive among more than 1,000 U.S. adults ages 18 and older revealed what experiences negatively impact a customer’s perception of a retail store. Ninety-nine percent of U.S. adults reported that

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Tedeschi Secures Low-Cost Electricity

New 36-month power contracts are netting more than $400,000 in savings for 157 Massachusetts stores. Tedeschi Food Shops has successfully secured new electricity contracts for 157 of its stores in Massachusetts, with help from World Energy Solutions Inc., an energy management services firm. Through a series of competitive auctions run on the World Energy Exchange,

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Scott Petroleum Acquires Bostick Brothers Co.

Scott Petroleum has acquired Bostick Brothers, effective on Jan. 1, Stamfordadvocate.com reported. Both are Mississippi companies founded between the 1920’s and 1930’s. “Bostick Brothers was in business for 81 years,” Xan Robertson, grandson of founder Xan Bostick, was quoted as saying. “It was just a good time to sell.” While details of the transaction were not released, the

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Kum & Go Introduces MADE

Kum & Go began selling MADE, a line of organic drinks from Tenaya LLC, this January. “The pioneering spirit of Kum & Go’s founders fits nicely with the MADE brand,” said Charley Snell, Tenaya Founder.  “We are a pioneer as well in introducing people to organic products that are convenient and refreshing.” Founded in 1959, Kum

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Sunoco Expands in New Jersey

Sunoco Inc. has reached an agreement with the New Jersey Turnpike Authority and Getty Petroleum Marketing Inc. to begin operating the nine fuel stations at service plazas along the Garden State Parkway, one of the most heavily traveled roads in the nation. The new six-year agreement begins January 2011 and runs through December 2016. Sunoco

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Circle K Chooses VALID Systems

Circle K convenience store chain is rolling out a new, state-of-the-art check cashing program to its company-owned locations, anchored by VALID’s decisioning and identification technology. Some 750 of Circle K’s 3,000+ stores currently have added the check cashing program. The new system integrates existing hardware alongside new technologies. The verification and approval process is fully-automated;

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AWMA Show Foodservice Pavilion Sells Out

AWMA’s new Foodservice Pavilion being launched at the 2011 Show in February is currently sold out, but more space is being added. The Foodservice Pavilion is part of a larger initiative to support this growing and profitable category during AWMA’s show to be held Feb. 8–10, 2011 at the Paris Hotel in Las Vegas. Foodservice

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Wawa to Present Community Service Award

Now in its sixth year, the Annual Environmental Community Service Award is set to once again be presented by Wawa, NBC 10, and the environmental law firm Manko, Gold, Katcher & Fox LLP (MGKF). The goal of the Environmental Community Service award is to raise awareness of environmental concerns and to recognize middle and high

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Atlas To Offer Diesel Exhaust Fluid

Taylor, Mich. –based Atlas Oil Co. is now offering Diesel Exhaust Fluid (DEF), which was recently mandated in all new 2010 and beyond diesel vehicles. Atlas is a Master Distributor for BlueDEF brand diesel exhaust fluid, produced by Old World Industries, the manufacturer of Peak Performance antifreeze and other world-class automotive products. Atlas has signed

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GasAmerica Adds Miami Subs Grill

GasAmerica welcomes the first franchise unit of The New Miami Subs Grill, originator of the fast casual restaurant concept. The 2,000-square-foot Miami Grill, joins the 4,000-square-foot Convenience Mart Stop, located at one of GasAmerica’s Greenfield, Ind., locations. “We’ve looked at a number of food concepts and found the New Miami Subs Grill concept the best

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